Madam Senate Leader Allyson Maynard Gibson Pays Tributes to Jackson

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Sen. Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson.

Letter to the Editor

P.O. Box C 13442

Nassau, The Bahamas

14th May, 2011

The Editor

Jackson Burnside was a Renaissance Man. His intellectual curiosity, commitment to and love of country, view of his place in the universe and his courage came from his parents, the late Dr. Jackson Burnside (the first black Bahamian dentist) and Mrs. Gertrude Burnside (the first black Bahamian and the first Bahamian female pharmacist). Although an architect by profession, Jackson was, among other things, an artist, musician, businessman and talk show host. Indubitably, history will herald him as one of The Bahamas’ leading architects. His contributions to the development of the Bahamas Architects Board and his work on the preservation and development of Bahamian architecture were guided by his love of country and his deep seated belief in community development. He also brought his commitment to community development to the One Family Junkanoo Group (of which he was a Co Founder).

Doongalik Studios stands as a testament to his belief in art as an economically viable profession. Doongalik was used to morally, ethically, socially, culturally and economically encourage and support Bahamian (and Caribbean) artists.  Others have extensively rehearsed his contributions to cultural and community development, including through Junkanoo.

Jackson was also a warm, loving and enthusiastic husband, father, son, brother, family man and friend. In all of these capacities, he gave One Hundred Percent. There are many untold stories of people whom he quietly helped. I am sure that scores of husbands will never forget Jackson. He travelled with them as they supported their wives on their journey with cancer. As an experienced soldier, he walked bravely with them, encouraging them to face varying outcomes in their own families.

Jackson lived fully, engagingly and generously.

My family joins the chorus of others in extending sympathy to his wife and soulmate, Pam, his daughters Ebony and Orchid, his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Burnside, his siblings Stan (and Dennie), Julia and Wayman and all of his family.

May he rest in peace.

Sincerely,

Allyson Maynard Gibson

Editor’s NOTE: The Funeral Service for the late Jackson Burnside will be held this coming Thursday at 11AM at St. Agnes Anglican Church.

  • 100 Bahamians, just like you and I from all walks of life and classes, living in Nassau and the Islands were asked over a span of nine months in 1951 to imagine what life would look like in their Bahamas looking ahead 50 years to the year 2001?
    An elderly retired Royal Air Force Wing Commander gentleman in his 80’s living in London, England whose family were close friends with my family when they lived in Nassau from 1949 to 1959 has an unpublished manuscript with not only the answers but photographs from that period, including all of the native Bahamians he interviewed while sailing throughout the Islands.
    My friend over the past months has emailed me a sampling of the answers and photos and I was taken back from reading the positive outlook and the futuristic imagination in many of their answers. The photographs tell of a Bahamas I never knew existed.
    I would welcome comments from BP’s well informed bloggers.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Burnside when I participated in Transforming Spaces a few years ago. He was a truly talented and delightful man with a love for his people and all things Bahamian. He will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Senator Gibson eloquently expressed the feelings of many.It is si said to say goodbye and to the blood family of Jackson and the many in the junkanoo and the wider community I wish to say thanks for sharing him with us and may his soul rest in peace.

  • This is a sad loss for the family and for all of us as a country. We are better off because he lived, loved and gave his all to us, we will miss him. I am sorry that the the next generation of young Bahamians will not have the pleasure to work with ths true Bahamian patriot.